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GRID wins approval for Strand housing

[FIRST LOOK] GRID Architects has won planning approval for this, 2,090m2 mixed-use shopping and housing scheme on the Strand in central London

The practice won the 206-flat project in 2008 under its former guise as the housing and urbanism group at Hamiltons (now BFLS) beating MAKE, Eric Parry and Squire & Partners.

Designed to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, the scheme for Mourant Property Trustees and Berkeley Homes replaces an existing office block. According to the practice, the laser-cut metal filigree balustrades will provide ‘a relief to the simplicity of the stone facade and echo the surrounding historic style’.

Craig Casci, director of GRID Architects, said: ‘The project definitely provided us with a good challenge as it’s surrounded by a complex context, listed buildings and townscape demands from 8m street widths as well as strategic views across the Thames.  We’ve aimed to create an architecture that has the gravity of this civic site yet is still domestic.’ 

Project data

Architects: GRID Architects
Location: 190 Strand, London
Client: Mourant Property Trustees
Development Manager: Berkeley Homes
Total cost: undisclosed
Planning supervisor: Turley Associates

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